Feuding Fan Dancers by Leslie Zemeckis


Historian Leslie Zemeckis reveals the lost stories of Sally Rand and Faith Bacon—icons who each claimed to be the inventor of the notorious fan dance. Nearly one hundred years later, both women come alive again.

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LESLIE ZEMECKIS is the author of Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St. Cyr and Behind the Burly Q, the definitive history of burlesque. She wrote, produced, and directed the critically acclaimed documentary based on the book, which has been championed by USA Today and The New Yorker. Her most recent documentary is Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer. She is an actress and filmmaker.

Praise for Feuding Fan Dancers

“Detailed, deeply researched, and compelling.” –Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune

Feuding Fan Dancers is a vivid account of the highs and lows of two of America’s greatest performers. Leslie Zemeckis repositions the often misunderstood and overlooked lives of female pioneers in the entertainment industry to the iconic status they have always deserved. You will have a hard time putting this book down.” –Ari Seth Cohen, creator of Advanced Style

“Zemeckis has once again given us a fascinating history of entertainment, a bold story of two brave women and the origins of the fan dance. A page-turning time machine to another era. Don’t miss it.” –Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants and At the Water’s Edge

“In Feuding Fan Dancers, Leslie Zemeckis artfully brings to life the rivalry between two of the best known showgirls of the early twentieth century, Faith Bacon and Sally Rand. With her trademark skill, wit, meticulous research, and eye for detail, Zemeckis opens the door to a world that is fun, fierce, and unforgettable.” –Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“In this love letter to performers of silent films and the vaudeville circuit, Zemeckis (Goddess of Love Incarnate) takes a deep dive into the hardscrabble lives of two of the most famous performers of the 1930s . . . Zemeckis brings to vivid life these two performers in an exciting era.” —Publishers Weekly

Feuding Fan Dancers by Leslie Zemeckis
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